Saturday is Record Store Day, so recollections about key scores are flooding forward. Anyone want to share vivid memories about discs they paid for at a beloved shop? Hit the comments section. Here are 20 of mine.
Rick Nelson, “Fools Rush In” – Hathaway’s Music Store, East Greenwich, Rhode Island.
The Monkees, Headquarters – Ladd’s, Providence, Rhode Island
Moby Grape, “8:05” – Main Music, East Greenwich Rhode Island.
Jefferson Airplane, After Bathing at Baxters – Hathaway’s, East Greenwich, Rhode Island.
Todd Rundgren, A Wizard, A True Star – Midland Records, Warwick, Rhode Island
Richard & Linda Thompson, I Want To See the Bright Lights Tonight – Phantasmagoria, Montreal
Geoff & Maria Muldaur, Pottery Pie – Harvard Coop, Cambridge
Sly & the Family Stone, Stand – K&M Records, Providence, Rhode Island
Gram Parsons, Return of the Grievous Angel, Beacon Shops, Providence, Rhode Island
John David Souther – Rhymes Records, Warwick, Rhode Island
The Clash, “Jail Guitar Doors” – Rhymes Records, Providence, Rhode Island
Julius Hemphill, Dogon AD – Festoons, Boston
Various Artists, Wanna Buy a Bridge?: A Rough Trade Sampler – In Your Ear, Providence
Tim Berne, Songs and Rituals In Real Time, SoHo Music Gallery, New York
Richard Berry, Get Out of the Car – Loony Tunes, Westerly, Rhode Island
Lester Bowie, The 5th Power – Tower Records, New York
Steve Lacy, Futurities – Integrity In Music, Wethersfield, Connecticut
Sun Ra, Disco 3000 – In Your Ear, Boston, Massachusetts
Delmore Brothers, Sand Mountain Blues – Great Escape, Nashville, Tennessee
Captain Beefheart, Ice Cream For Crow (cassette) – Sally’s Place, Westport, Connecticut
Complete Charlie Parker on Verve – Tower Records, Nashville, Tennessee
Johnny Paycheck, On His Way – Other Music, New York
A few tales crop up: when i bought “8:05” i should have picked up the other MG 45s, too. Columbia released the entire album as singles for a stunt – they’ve gotta be valuable if sold together these days. I was falling in love with someone in Montreal when we purchased Bright Lights; the emotion in the room was high, and I can vividly recall kissing my sweetie outside the door when we left. Customers would line-up outside the store during those heady days of punk rock Brit 45s. The Brown students loved them some Pistols, Damned, XTC et al, and the import sleeves were always way cool. Working the cash register side of the counter, I grabbed a copy of the Clash before they all sold out – which they did, all 50 of ’em – in about 6 minutes. It was Tim Berne himself who sold me a copy of Songs and Rituals at the SoHo Music Gallery – he and Zorn were among the dudes who worked there. He autographed it with “Get Out Of Music – TB.” I was tickled to play “The Meanest Jukebox In Town” after getting home from Other Music – the wife and I had a swell time dancing to that one.